Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Pets in mysteries
By Maggie Toussaint

Dog lovers and cat lovers vie for supremacy. Each group thinks their pets are cuter, smarter, and more entertaining. I’ve been owned by both dogs and cats, and I must confess I’m more of a dog person.

For that reason, I have dogs in just about every book I write. A black lab named Bailey stars in my novella, Really, Truly Dead. Her tug-the-leash-out-of-your-hand antics were inspired by one of our dogs who moved like a linebacker when it suited him. Our Zak really put his shoulders and legs into it when he decided to go in a different direction. If you let down your guard for a second, he’d bolt one way or the other just because he could.

For this reason, our dog spent a lot of time in our fenced yard, off-leash. It was either that or dislocated shoulders – for the humans!

In Really, Truly Dead, Bailey the dog can’t help following her nose. The first thing she gets nosy about is the judge murdered in the park causing my sleuth, Lindsey McKay, a lot of heartache and trouble.

Do you prefer mysteries with pets? What’s your favorite pet name? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Really, Truly Dead.

Also, don’t forget our monthly contest for a $25 gift card. The contest runs March 1-18. Enter by clicking here